Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Awesome Classic Games Part 1

Taking a break from the soundtracks, I'd like to focus on some games, particularly video games from the 80s-90s that consumed most of my childhood's time.
Part 1 is all about point and click adventures!

Monkey Island

I just love these games. The first two were games we had on our old computer, so naturally I played them a lot. When the special editions were released for iPhone, I couldn't resist getting them and now Le Chuck's revenge is currently taking up the majority of my spare time.
The revamped graphics and voices are an excellent way to revisit the series and I still find myself chuckling at the multitudes of one-liners ("You fight like a dairy farmer! How appropriate, you fight like a cow.") If you've never played these games, do yourself a favour and get them ASAP!

Day of the Tentacle

A similar point and click game like Monkey island, Day of the Tentacle introduces many comical characters, included the greatest villain of all time: Purple Tentacle.
The story will lead you on many humorous adventures that never fail to entertain. Another must play!

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Another point and click that I spent countless hours on. This game has a slightly more serious story than the previous two, yet contains just as much entertainment.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Soundtracks Part 2

Continuing the previous posts, more of my favourite soundtracks to follow!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Not the best of movies, but a truly superb soundtrack by Harry Gregson-Williams, who also did titles such as Kingdom of Heaven, Team America, Shrek, Chicken Run and video games such as CoD4: MW.
My favourite piece from the soundtrack is below:

Dragon Age: Origins
Between Leliana's Song and the title theme (Dragon Age: Origins)

Pan's Labyrinth

An especially haunting melody can be heard in many of the tracks on this soundtrack, and if you've seen the film they have a much more saddening grip on you.

Howl's Moving Castle / Spirited Away
If you've seen any of Studio Ghibli's films, it is hard to forget Joe Hisaishi's wonderful accompanying soundtracks.

Harry Potter
Possibly one of the most iconic themes to be composed by John Williams, along with Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park, Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter is another unforgettable tune that will last through the ages.

The Incredibles
Composed by Michael Giacchine, creator of soundtracks for Lost, Alias, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Missin: Impossible III, Star Trek, Ratatouille and Up, The Incredibles soundtrack is a truly wonderful jazz influenced set.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Another unforgettable set, Koji Kondo marvellously created a collection of scores that are forever etched into the brains of generations who spent many hours exploring the world of Hyrule in this game. The songs of the Ocarina were so simple they were brilliant and who could resist the Song of Storms?

Part 3 coming soon!